Neighborhood Notes

Solicitation Warning. People need to be cautious about door-to-door solicitation. Some solicitors target older neighbors, offering substandard or fraudulent goods and/or services.

January at BAC.  Enjoy art, music, classes and more this month at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.  The 40th Beverly Art Competition & Exhibition continues through Jan. 8 in the Jack Simmerling Gallery, featuring oils, watercolors, photographs, prints and sculpture. BAC Visual Arts Department’s Deck the Halls exhibit runs through Jan. 9 in the Atrium. School of the Arts winter classes for preschoolers through seniors begin the week of Jan. 9; find schedule and enroll online at www.beverlyartcenter.org. Showcase your talent in comedy, music and spoken word at Open Mic Mondays, Jan 9 through Apr. 17; free admission, cash bar. Heartsfield performs a concert in the Baffes Theater Sat., Jan. 21, 8 p.m. Info/tickets: 773-445-3838 or www.beverlyartcenter.org.

Join the Community Choir. The Beverly Morgan Park Community Choir is recruiting singers for its 2017 season. Rehearsals are held on Sundays 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., Immanuel United Church of Christ, 9815 S. Campbell Ave. Music pick-up is Jan. 8 and rehearsals begin Jan. 15. Singers from Beverly/Morgan Park and surrounding suburbs are cordially invited. Male voices are particularly needed to keep the choral sound balanced. All sheet music is provided. The Choir performs under the musical direction of Lance Loiselle with professional accompaniment by William Crowle. Each year, approximately 60 amateur singers participate. The season will culminate with a concert on Apr. 2. Info: bmpcchoir@gmail.com or www.BMPCC.org.

Meet Your Neighbors! Share Ideas! Get Involved! BAPA invites Beverly/Morgan Park neighbors to a community wide civic association meeting Wed., Jan 11, 7 p.m., Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr. Topics: Current state of the civic associations, and how we can improve associations and work together. Ideas and questions: Mary Jo Viero, mjviero@bapa.org  or 773-233-3100.

Neighborhood Resident Named IEEE Fellow. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) named Colorado State University Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor  and Beverly/Morgan Park resident Stephen Milton one of its 2017 Fellows for his contributions to free-electron lasers. Milton also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. With more than 400,000 IEEE members in 160 countries, elevation to the status of Fellow is reserved annually for less than 0.1 percent of its members.

Snow Removal. All home, business and property owners in Chicago are responsible for shoveling snow.  Under the City of Chicago ordinance, snow must shoveled as soon as possible after it falls, 7 days a week, on all of the sidewalks adjacent to your property. Do not shovel the snow into street or any other space where snow impedes traffic of any kind. Search sidewalk snow removal at www.cityofchicago.org for more information.

Bringing Jobs to 18th District. Legislation regarding Illinois’ energy future will be a job creator for State Sen. Bill Cunningham’s district. Senate Bill 2814 includes funding to provide training for electricians throughout the state to work on solar and wind turbine projects. One of the training centers is located in Alsip.

Party in Your PJs. Area women are invited to the 7th Annual Pink Pajama Party Fri., Jan. 20, DoubleTree Hotel in Alsip. Proceeds benefit the Pink Pajama Party mini grant program assisting women in need undergoing breast cancer treatment at Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital. The party begins with 3 p.m. hotel check-in followed by cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, games, raffles, silent auctions, dancing, and inspiring stories of survivorship. Age 21+only. Info/registration:  www.lcmh.org/foundation.

Kellogg School Open House. Kate Starr Kellogg Elementary School, 9241 S. Leavitt St., will hold an open house Open House Sat., Jan. 21, 1 to 3 p.m. Guests will tour our school, meet the principal and teachers, ask questions of current students and families, and learn more about school offerings. Kellogg is a Level 1+ neighborhood Chicago Public School offering an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, technology lab, library and learning garden. Kellogg families participate in after-school clubs and sports, before- and after-school care, PTA and more. The school accepts students from within neighborhood boundaries, and others can apply to attend through the CPS Options for Knowledge program. Open house info or to schedule a tour: kellogg.cps.edu or email Principal Corey Overstreet, cwoverstreet@cps.edu.

Brother Rice High School Trivia Night.​The Brother Rice Alumni Mothers’ Club will host Trivia Night Sat., Jan 28, 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 10001 S. Pulaski. $20 per person, age 21+. Participants can bring their own snacks and pizza will be ordered later in the evening.  Beer, wine, and pop will be available for purchase. Info/tickets: brotherrice.org/brother-rice-high-school-trivia-night-2/.

Holistic Riding Equestrian Therapy (HRET) program, horseback riding lessons open to area students and adults with special needs, resumes Tues., Feb. 7 at the Kopping’s farm in Lemont. The program is designed to improve the quality of life physically, emotionally and socially for special needs children, teens, adults and those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Group lessons are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Program volunteers age 14 and older are also needed; experience with horses is not required.  For info or to schedule rider intake interview and reserve a spot in the program email holisticriding19@gmail.com.